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US goes from elation to misery as Altidore comes off with apparent hamstring injury

Jun 16, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

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Jozy Altidore is down.

With the United States up 1-0 thanks to Dempsey’s early goal, the US striker pulled up lame while chasing a ball down the left touchline in the 21st minute.

He immediately grabbed both his left leg and his face in severe pain, and was carried off on a stretcher.

Altidore was replaced by Aron Johannsson, with Jurgen Klinsmann forced into an early change.

The injury appeared to be very serious, as Altidore held his face the entire way off, grimacing in pain.

The United States will no doubt miss his physical presence up front, and – depending on the diagnosis – he could very well miss the rest of the tournament, especially if there is a muscle tear involved.  Even best-case scenario would likely see a strain keep him out for much of the group stage.

Teams are not allowed to replace players on the roster once the tournament has started.

UPDATE: Reports indicate Jozy’s injury is just a strain, not a tear.

  1. navyeoddavee9 - Jun 16, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Jozy didn’t play much this last season, at Sunderland, was a bench player. Lack of game action, can lead to strains etc

    • midtec2005 - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      He played plenty, he just didn’t score much.

    • schmutzdeck - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      davee9,

      Jozy had 38 appearances for Sunderland, across all competitions. When Clint was a regular at Fulham he averaged 42 appearances across all competitions.

      Athletes strain their hamstrings. . It happens . Get used to it.

  2. navyeoddavee9 - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Appearances doesn’t mean anything, play 5 mins, it counts as a appearance, Jozy didn’t play much the last third of the season, a few times he didn’t make the bench, you can be fit, but you don’t play, you don’t have match fitness, easier to pull a hammy etc

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